Exploration of the future gave birth to Hanzel und Gretyl. Kaiser Von Loopy and Vas Kallas fixated on a machine approach to music that has since popularized the infamous quote "Machines Good, People Bad." As the human element of musicians fell apart from their former band projects (including Cycle Sluts From Hell), Vas and Loopy were left in the deep black forest of the music business and it was only natural to take on the personas of the fairy tale "Hanzel und Gretyl." What a concept! A futuristic, post apocalyptic, extra terrestrial German fairy tale... Hanzel und Gretyl. Each release tells a chapter to the story.
Earth year 1995
Their first album AUSGEFLIPPT was released on Energy Records. The album, translating to "flipped-out" in German, received great reviews, while their dance single "Shine 2001" reached #1 position on the ALTERNATIVE PRESS Dance Chart. The duo formed a live band, recruiting Ginger Bread on bass and Pat 5000 on drums.
After receiving a plethora of positive reviews, HuG were coined as the "metal industrial band with a great sense of humor" who stood out amongst all the rest. MARILYN MANSON took an interest in HuG and invited them mon tour as support with CLUTCH in 1995 and in direct support in 1996. This opportunity catapulted HuG into the public eye with great admiration.
Earth year 1997
TRANSMISSIONS FROM URANUS was released, and that tour took them through-out the US as a headliner, and as direct support for bands PRONG, SLIPKNOT, and ROB HALFORD. AUSGEFLIPPT and "9D Galactic Center" were played on K-ROCK RADIO stations and "Robot Logik" on the HOWARD STERN show during station ID's, used in the blockbuster movie MORTAL KOMBAT: Annihilation, and played during the 1997 MTV MUSIC AWARDS.
HuG paved the way for US newcomers, RAMMSTEIN, at the CMJ Music Festival in NYC, solidifying the Deutsche-American Fruendshaft. It opened the doors for success on RAMMSTEIN's first ever American tour, with HuG direct support in 1998.
Earth year 2002
After the close of Energy Records, a new day dawned for HuG leaving them legally free, and signed with Metropolis Records.
Earth year 2003
Their much anticipated third epic album, UBER ALLES saw the light of day, as well as an entirely new live band line-up, including the additions of Anna K. (DRAIN STH) and Jon Osterman (INTO DARKNESS). UBER ALLES, served up in the style of a misplaced Wagnerian space-metal opera lost in time, chewed up by distorted synthetic filters and pummeled by a million homicidal robot drums manipulated by mastermind Loopy, and the much feared Vas Kallas. The album received rave reviews musically, pulled Four Star Reviews in KERRANG and equally enthusiastic accolades from New York City's VILLAGE VOICE. HuG performed an extremely successful head-lining tour, and toured as direct support to the GENITORTURERS.
Earth year 2004 - 2005
SCHEISSMESSIAH was released on Metropolis Records. No longer innocent in the deep black forest, but powerful and sturdy in sound and message - HuG survives the wicked witches of the world and continues to bring pleasure and pain amongst a HuG world! Their music products were picked up by HOT TOPIC and iTunes, so that now the HuG message is even more widely distributed. The album is hailed as required listening for fans of industrial metal along side Nine Inch Nails, KMFDM and Ministry by REVOLVER MAGAZINE! Appearing as direct support to MINISTRY to push their new album, they played 2000 - 3000 capacity venues to sold out shows, receiving an overwhelmingly positive crowd response (think Deutsche-Freuleins gone wild!) Mark Baker (MINISTRY) joined the HuG team as drummer thereafter.
Earth year 2006
HuG were recently cited SPIN magazine as 'the only reason to go to a festival like Gothicfest'. They secured new management with Dark Moon Entertainment, and are in the studio recording a teaser CD for their autumn "OKTOTENFEST 2006" festival tour, which features fellow label mates Bella Morte as support.
The concept: a party to the death!
Receiving support from Metropolis Records, and sponsors including JAGERMEISTER, COFFIN CASE, MANIC PANIC and HOT TOPIC. This tour will be publicized through media and radio, including ads in Outburn and Terrorizer, and features in AP, kerrang, Revolver, Pit and BWBK.
HANZEL und GRETYL current lineup:
Loopy: Guitars & Vocals
Vas Kallas: Guitars & Vocals
Metropolis Records (to be released)
Teaser CD, Metropolis Records
"UBER ALLES" 2003
"TRANSMISSIONS FROM URANUS" 1997
demo, co-produced by Bryce Goggin (Ramones, Space Hog)
2006 Oct. - Oktotenfest
2005 Sept. - Gothicfest 2005
2004 Sept. - Dec. "Evil doer Tour"
Direct Support for MINISTRY
2003 Sept. - Dec.
Direct Support for GENITORTURERS
2003 June - July "Fukken Uber Tour"
1998 April - May
Direct Support for RAMMSTEIN
1997 Sept. - Dec.
Support for PRONG
1997 Spring - "Transmissions From Uranus Tour"
Direct Support for MARILYN MANSON
Support for MARILYN MANSON